Even though Dan + Shay have enjoyed top 40 success with their song “Tequilla” and their collaboration with Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours,” their hearts are with country music.

Dan Smyers told us, “We’ve chased this dream our entire lives. We grew up listening to country music. We moved to this town because we wanted to write country music because we wanted to someday be a part of this community, which is like so incredible. I can’t believe we’ve been accepted into this community.”

He continued, “I feel like we could be living in a dream right now and we worked our tails off. We wrote songs. We wrote two, three songs a day. And we’re still doing the same thing. We moved here because we were fans of this format. We moved here because we were fans of country music.”

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